Gairntully's Rant

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GAIRNTULLY'S RANT. AKA - "Gairntullie's Rant," "Gairntully's Reel." AKA and see "Marquis of Lorne (2)." Scottish, Reel (cut time). D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). The melody appears in the Drummond Castle Manuscript, Part 2 (1734, No. 2), in the possession of the Earl of Ancaster at Drummond Castle. It is inscribed "A Collection of the best Highland Reels written by David Young, W.M. & Accomptant," and is sometimes called the Duke of Perth Manuscript after its' dedicatee. Young also included "Gairntullie's Rant" in a subsequent music volume, The MacFarlane Manuscript, Part 2 (c. 1740, No. 120, p. 183).

The melody can also be found as "Stewart's Rant" in the James Knox Manuscript[1] (1749-1764, No. 64, f.23v), although that title usally refers to a different melody (AKA "Was You at the Wedding/Bridal"). Dunkeld fiddler-composer Niel Gow (1727-1807) set the tune as a strathspey, calling it the "Marquis of Lorne (2)," which is often credited to him.


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  1. Tentatively identified as James Knox of Nethershields who was factor to the Stuarts of Castlemilk and Torrance.